Voluntariados in Bolivia

Bolivia es uno de los países menos desarrollados pero más interesantes de Sudamérica. Con sus increíbles paisajes, mezcla de culturas y un deslumbrante salar, es un destino turístico que te sorprenderá de muchas maneras. Voluntarios al Mundo trabaja en estrecha cooperación con aliados locales con el fin de encontrar voluntarios para ayudar en una variedad de programas destinados principalmente a mejorar las oportunidades educativas y de entretenimiento para los niños y adolescentes desfavorecidos en la ciudad de Cochabamba y sus alrededores.

 

Compartir las difíciles condiciones de vida de la gente local puede ser un desafío para muchos voluntarios que vienen del extranjero, pero mucho más gratificante y satisfactorio, es saber que se está ayudando a mejorar la calidad de vida de niños y personas necesitadas que merecen un futuro mejor.

 

Los voluntarios aportan sus habilidades y experiencia para ayudar a mejorar las condiciones de vida y oportunidades educativas de los locales a través de nuestros proyectos de desarrollo comunitario, y mientras tanto esta cooperación en tareas diarias con la gente local y voluntarios provenientes de otros países expande sus mentes de una manera indescriptible. Vivir y trabajar en Bolivia es una experiencia única y sin duda la recordarás con orgullo y emoción.

 

Bolivia está en el corazón de Sudamérica y es un excelente lugar para conocer un país con gran diversidad cultural y con paisajes andinos maravillosos. También es un lugar perfecto para los estudiantes del idioma español que desean beneficiarse de una experiencia de inmersión completa.

TRANSPARENCIA ante todo

 

Uno de los pilares de nuestro trabajo es la transparencia. Consideramos fundamental que sepas qué sucede con tu dinero cuando eliges participar en nuestros programas. A continuación,  te contamos el destino de tu aporte:

 

TASA DE REGISTRO: verás que todos los programas tienen una  tasa de registro de USD 279, válida por 12 meses desde el comienzo de tu programa. Muy bien; se trata del ÚNICO ingreso que recibe Voluntarios al Mundo por la organización del mismo. No existen costos ocultos, ni comisiones, ni ninguna clase de ayuda económica que percibamos de otras organizaciones; solo trabajamos duro para mantener nuestros costos al mínimo.

¡Te invitamos a comparar precios! Comprueba por ti mismo que nuestras tarifas no solo son competitivas sino, además, mucho más bajas que las de varias otras organizaciones que ofrecen programas similares.

 

¿CUÁL ES LA FUNCIÓN DE LA TASA DE REGISTRO?

 

La tasa de registro asegura tu lugar en el programa seleccionado e incluye: 

Asistencia antes, durante y después de tu viajeMonitoreo y evaluación constante de las organizaciones con las que trabajamosAcceso a nuestra guía informativaCostos de marketing

 

TASA DE ORGANIZACIÓN:  Es la suma que abonarás directamente a nuestro aliado local. La misma ya cuenta con un descuento especial e incluye los costos de alojamiento, comidas, orientación, transporte y pago del staff encargado de brindarte soporte en tu destino. Un porcentaje de esta tasa será destinado al desarrollo de nuevos programas. Si calculas cuánto podrías llegar a gastar en el caso de alojarte en un hotel y comer diariamente en un restaurante, notarás que su costo es mínimo.

Teniendo en cuenta el especial precio de los programas brindados por Voluntarios al Mundo, puedes tener la certeza de que tu pago se dirigirá directamente al proyecto local que has elegido.

Working with Children and Community Development

The project is aimed at providing underprivileged children, teens and some adults who are living in total abandonment, with a safe and caring environment; as well as offering them some educational and recreational opportunities to improve their living conditions.

Depending on your preferences, experience and skills, you can choose to volunteer in one of the following programs:

 

-Pre-school education.

-Teaching English.

-After school care.

-Football school.

 

Volunteers are usually required to work three to six hour per day starting at noon. They will assist local teachers and staff in a variety of tasks that include cooking, looking after children, teaching them English, hygiene habits, teamwork bringing ideas for fundraising activities, creating and displaying games for the children, helping the with their homework, etc.

Unlike other programs, in this one volunteers are encouraged to bring up their ideas and initiatives to improve the projects and to put them to practise.

The CW program in Bolivia has proven to be of vital importance in this marginalized communities, and being part of it will definitely change our volunteer’s lives for the better, too!.

With a population of 10.7 million people (60% indigenous people), Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, The vast majority lives in poverty and since the times of the Spanish colonization, social and racial discrimination has continued to this day.

Cochabamba, the city where our project is located, is a city of big contrasts where the gap between the rich and the poor is immense.

CW’s program here tries to bring the marginalized children and youths better environmental conditions and educational opportunities to improve their chances of a better future.

Knowing some Spanish is almost indispensable to be able to participate in this program and if volunteers wish to take Spanish lessons,during the program they can arrange it with the local staff once onsite paying an additional fee.

The nature of this program requires a minimum stay of two weeks, and for those volunteers willing to vary their work and make the most of this unique experience by participating in different areas we recommend a minimum stay of four weeks.

 

Volunteer Requirements

To be part of a volunteer project you must be 18 years-old or over. You’ll be required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance against sickness, accident and 3rd party liability.

A basic understanding of Spanish is extremely helpful. We encourage volunteers to take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered by our partner staff in Cochabamba. Many of those who have taken part in our projects in the past told us that taking these lessons helped them a lot in everyday volunteer work and to communicate with locals.

 

Location and duration

Cochabamba is a magnificent and exotic city built on a valley in the Andes mountain range. Its paradisiac weather is almost always warm, sunny and dry. Among its many tourist attractions you will find the largest open air market and the biggest statue of Jesus Christ that exists.

There are no specific starting dates or limited periods of time to participate in our volunteer projects in Bolivia. You can start any day you choose and stay from two weeks on, for as long as you wish.

 

Orientation

On your arrival a member of our local staff will take you to the guest house, introduce you to the volunteers that will be your housemates, show you the facilities and help you settle. Then you’ll be taken around the town and to your project placement, where you’ll meet the people you’ll be working with. You’ll be instructed on basic rules, local customs, travel options and what to expect from this volunteering experience. You will also have the opportunity to clear any remaining doubts you may still have.

 

Accommodation and Meals

Volunteers are lodged in a large guest house strategically located in the city center, within walking distance to most of the tourist attractions and surrounded by restaurants, shops and cafes.

Bedrooms and bathroom are shared among the guests and experience has shown us that this cohabitation with motivated and empathetic people from all over the globe is one of the most appreciated aspects of our popular volunteer programs in Bolivia.

This program includes breakfast and lunch on weekdays, and they are often prepared by volunteers taking turns. Lunch or almuerzo is the most important meal of the day and it can consist of three courses, coffee and dessert. It is a long meal and shops and business make a break for almuerzo and siesta from 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Volunteers can use the kitchen facilities to make their dinner and weekend meals, which are not included in the program. They can also try some of the many and highly recommended cafes and restaurants in Cochabamba city. Exploring the outstanding sights of this magical town and then having a delicious, generous and very affordable meal at one of its restaurants is a perfect program for a weekend.

In spite of the fact that this amazing city is practically untouched by large scale commercial tourism it counts with all modern services such as WIFI and laundry shops.

 

Volunteer schedule

You must keep in mind that volunteers are depended on for very important tasks and though they can occasionally take a day off (with dew previous notice to the staff), having chosen to be part of a volunteer program implies responsibility.

On a regular weekday volunteers have breakfast in the house between 7.30 am and 08.30 am and at 10:30  they are taken to their project placement where they’ll take part in the different tasks involved in that particular project from 11:00 to 12:30  and from 14:30 to 18:00 in the afternoon. There’s usually a morning tea break and a lunch break.

Work and timetables may vary at each placement depending on the projects, but work usually ends at 6:00 in the afternoon and then volunteers are free to do what they want for the rest of the day.

Some will go to do some shopping or sightseeing, go back to their accommodation to rest.

 

Weekends

Although CW tries its best to leave your weekends free for touristic and relaxing activities, as a volunteer you might sometimes be required to work a few hours on Saturdays.

You can always count on our local team to give you travel advice and help you arrange some sightseeing tours in the region.

Spending your free time in the city is also an excellent option, Cochabamba offers a variety of sights and recreational activities,so enjoying your spare time exploring them with your new local and foreign friends will be a unique opportunity to create everlasting memories.

 

About the Country

Basic Facts

 

-Bolivia is an incredibly rich country in terms of languages spoken. It’s official, national language is Spanish, but indigenous groups speak a total of 36 other languages. These include Quechua, Aimara and Guaraní.

-10,027,254 people live in Bolivia.

-Population density in the country is recorded at 9, 13 inhabitants per kilometre squared.

-Bolivia’s currency is the boliviano.

-The country is divided into nine departments (or states).

-Bolivia remains to this day in a long battle with Chile in order to reclaim territory which opened out into the Pacific Ocean.

-It has two capital cities. Sucre is the capital city for judicial matters. La Paz is the business, legislative and electoral

For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/bolivia-p-5.html

Program Fees:

 

Volunteer duration Program Fee USD*/ Homestay 2 meals per day from Monday to Friday Program Fee USD*/ Shared bedroom/Guesthouse 2 meals per day from Monday to Friday
2 weeks 225 195
3 weeks 337 292
4 weeks 450 390
5 weeks 561 487
6 weeks 673 584
8 weeks 785 681

  

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Bolivia attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee.  If you want another type of volunteer program without the accommodation for example, please contact us directly. We will be happy to personalize your program.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund,  administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation and 2 meals from Monday to Friday, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels,  transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Bolivia generally find USD 40 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.